Parents of young children in Elizabeth Township should feel a little more at ease if the need for an ambulance arises. Elizabeth Township Area EMS was awarded master level recognition for its commitment to improving the emergency medical care of children through the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.
The program, made possible by a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, issued Elizabeth Township Area EMS a certificate declaring the agency meets all the requirements of the EMSC Voluntary Recognition Program.
Chief Chris Dell said the EMS agency didn’t have to change much to achieve the certification.
“The program requires participating agencies to meet specific amounts of pediatric training and equipment,” he said. “We were very fortunate that, with the exception of needing to purchase one small piece of equipment, we already met the equipment standards. With respect to the training, we already met that standard as well.”
Dell said Elizabeth Township Area EMS typically sees about three or four pediatric patients per month and that children require much different care than adults.
“Transporting pediatric patients can be challenging as car seats are not designed to go on an ambulance stretcher,” he said. “We carry inflatable car seats in each unit and these have come in handy — especially in situations of car accidents.”
Elizabeth Township Area EMS was one of 47 agencies in the state to be recognized for their pediatric efforts and among only seven in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
“We enjoy being held to a higher standard,” Dell said. “And we appreciate the opportunity to inform the community that their ambulance service is 100 percent capable of meeting their needs.”